Integrated health monitoring on wearable devices is the latest in fitness technology and the Jabra Sport Pulse is a perfect example of this. This pair of wireless headphones integrates heart monitoring sensors into the earbuds themselves. How does it perform? Find out in the full review after the break!
Health monitoring headphones are really an added convenience when you look at wireless headphones for use in working out or being active outdoors. The freedom given by being wireless is a godsend in situations like those mentioned earlier. The Jabra Sport Pulse boasts the capability to not only provide that wireless freedom but do it in such a way that audio quality is not sacrificed and provide the added benefit of health tracking capabilities.
Right out of the box, the Jabra Sport Pulse looks great, with just the right length of cable connecting both the left and right earbuds you can easily shorten or lengthen with the provided clips. Earbud fit was easily accomplished with the copious amounts of ear accessories the Jabra Sport Pulse included. From smaller ear tips to added ear friction add-ons, if you can’t find a good fit with the included accessories you never will. The added carrying case was also a plus as it protected the wireless headphones during transport and storage in our bag.
Pairing and other functionality of the Jabra Sport Pulse was very simple given the voice prompts that guided us throughout setup.
Once we were able to find a good fit, audio played through the Jabra Sport Pulse sounded great. With the in-line controls we were able to easily adjust volume and control other aspects of the Jabra Sport Pulse. Physical buttons are included which is a great addition. Touch sensitive buttons are cool from an aesthetics standpoint but when you’re in the heat of a run, you don’t want to be fiddling with which half centimeter touch sensitive spot to press. Since the Jabra Sport Pulse is wireless a review wouldn’t be complete without mentioning range. In our testing range was pretty good as the boasted 10 meter range was fairly accurate (when paired with our iPhone 6).
Bluetooth 4.0 and low energy support insured that the headphones should run well and in our testing we got approximately 3.5 – 4 hours of music and talk time. The only way to truly increase battery life is to have a larger battery, and given that the Jabra Sport Pulse is so small and compact, we could not fault it much on the battery life aspect.
Bluetooth talk capability was pretty good with the Jabra Sport Pulse allowing us to hold conversations over the phone with minimal voice distortion and background noise. While it may not be as clear as other Bluetooth devices we have used in the past (dedicated Bluetooth headsets etc.), the all in one performance was good in our opinion. Build quality was also not an issue as the Jabra Sport Pulse’s are built to last and take a beating.
When using the Jabra Sport Life app on the iPhone 6 we were able to also start utilizing the health monitoring capabilities of the Jabra Sport Pulse. Heart rate monitoring is one of the huge selling points of the Jabra Sport Pulse and it was able to report fairly accurate live reporting of pulse rate. The Jabra Sport Life app also allowed us to know how many hours of remaining battery life was left as well as providing other avenues to track progress. Given the accuracy of the pulse tracking, you can also track idea weight loss zones and calorie burn.
Overall, the Jabra Sport Pulse is our reference point for great combined performance health tracking, and wireless audio quality. That combined with the Sport Life app really made the overall experience with the Jabra Sport Pulse an excellent experience. If you’re looking for wireless headphones with health monitoring/coaching abilities, you can’t go wrong with the Jabra Sport Pulse.